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11 minutes ago, GWF1967 said:

King's Royal Rifle Corps. Overseas service chevrons and wound stripes on show in the front rows; some very young faces towards the back.

Very unusual to see the Slade-Wallace equipment belts with union clasps.  The rifle regiments were traditionally issued with the black leather type with snake clasp, as worn by the sergeant seated centrally.

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"With Kind Regards. Oct 2nd 1916". "My Dad, John Temple Somerville". 

Pte. S/24162. - B Coy. 5th Cameron Highlanders. Captured at Arras, 3/5/1917 suffering from a bullet wound to the head. 

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17 hours ago, GWF1967 said:

"With Kind Regards. Oct 2nd 1916". "My Dad, John Temple Somerville". 

Pte. S/24162. - B Coy. 5th Cameron Highlanders. Captured at Arras, 3/5/1917 suffering from a bullet wound to the head. 

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Interesting to see that he is wearing the "Brace Attachments" on his 1914 Pattern belt, but folded back inside the belt to be out of the way. They were supposed to be for "unarmed units", so are mostly seen worn by RAMC members:

Pattern 1914 Belts Braces and Straps (karkeeweb.com)

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5 minutes ago, Andrew Upton said:

 

Interesting to see that he is wearing the "Brace Attachments" on his 1914 Pattern belt, but folded back inside the belt to be out of the way. They were supposed to be for "unarmed units", so are mostly seen worn by RAMC members:

Pattern 1914 Belts Braces and Straps (karkeeweb.com)

 

 

Thank you. 

I appreciate the observation of small details, by those who know the kit.

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55 minutes ago, GWF1967 said:

Royal Scots fusiliers. 

Those in kilts must be pipers.  The RSF were otherwise not a kilted regiment.

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23 hours ago, FROGSMILE said:

Those in kilts must be pipers.  The RSF were otherwise not a kilted regiment.

Many thanks. As above. 

On 03/10/2021 at 18:21, GWF1967 said:

I appreciate the observation of small details, by those who know the kit.

 

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On 03/10/2021 at 18:34, GWF1967 said:

Royal Scots fusiliers. 

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Rather unusual, but not unprecedented, for a piper to be wearing a diced glengarry  Almost certainly not a regular battalion.

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5 hours ago, gordon92 said:

Rather unusual, but not unprecedented, for a piper to be wearing a diced glengarry  Almost certainly not a regular battalion.

No.  Also note the regular RSF cap badge rather than one of the unique cap badges worn by pipers of the 1st and 2nd battalions (each battalion having a different pipers cap badge). 

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Yes I imagine that they’re probably from a war-raised Service Battalion.

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13 hours ago, Ron Abbott said:

No.  Also note the regular RSF cap badge rather than one of the unique cap badges worn by pipers of the 1st and 2nd battalions (each battalion having a different pipers cap badge). 

The man in the center appears to be wearing the Star version of the piper cap badge.

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1 hour ago, gordon92 said:

The man in the center appears to be wearing the Star version of the piper cap badge.

Yes, I agree, he may be wearing something different, although not sure if that is just because of the quality of the photo. 

But star version? I'm not quite sure what badge you are referring to. 

The 1st and 2nd battalions did wear different cap badges but I wouldn't describe either as 'star version' or of a typical regimental star design.

One resembled what today would be described as a sort of 'clan cap badge' and the other was of St Andrew and the cross in a round band surrounded by a wreath with the grenade and flash on the very top. 

Certainly nothing like the HLI star that was subsequently worn by the pipers of the RHF many years later.     

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13 minutes ago, Ron Abbott said:

Yes, I agree, he may be wearing something different, although not sure if that is just because of the quality of the photo. 

But star version? I'm not quite sure what badge you are referring to. 

The 1st and 2nd battalions did wear different cap badges but I wouldn't describe either as 'star version' or of a typical regimental star design.

One resembled what today would be described as a sort of 'clan cap badge' and the other was of St Andrew and the cross in a round band surrounded by a wreath with the grenade and flash on the very top. 

Certainly nothing like the HLI star that was subsequently worn by the pipers of the RHF many years later.     

Yes, I agree, I think Gordon92 might be thinking of the HLI.  If the RSF were brigaded with other regiment’s the central soldier might be from the Royal Scots. 

 

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33 minutes ago, Ron Abbott said:

Yes, I agree, he may be wearing something different, although not sure if that is just because of the quality of the photo. 

But star version? I'm not quite sure what badge you are referring to. 

The 1st and 2nd battalions did wear different cap badges but I wouldn't describe either as 'star version' or of a typical regimental star design.

One resembled what today would be described as a sort of 'clan cap badge' and the other was of St Andrew and the cross in a round band surrounded by a wreath with the grenade and flash on the very top. 

Certainly nothing like the HLI star that was subsequently worn by the pipers of the RHF many years later.     

 

20 minutes ago, FROGSMILE said:

Yes, I agree, I think Gordon92 might be thinking of the HLI.  If the RSF were brigaded with other regiment’s the central soldier might be from the Royal Scots. 

 

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I was mistakenly thinking of the badge worn by pipers of the Royal Highland Fusiliers.

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21 minutes ago, gordon92 said:

 

I was mistakenly thinking of the badge worn by pipers of the Royal Highland Fusiliers.

Yes I understand.

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11 hours ago, GWF1967 said:

 Indian Army Unattached List. 

Thanks to @FROGSMILEfor the identification.

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That’s an absolutely cracking photo and exceedingly rare.  He’s also wearing the Indian establishment, other ranks pattern Sam Browne belt, braces, and brace extensions made in the government leather manufactory at Kanpur (Cawnpore).  The braces could also be worn as a single cross belt and were especially popular with other ranks of mounted British units (cavalry and artillery) as well as British SNCOs on the Indian Unattached List in specialised service support and administrative roles.  The brace supported the weight of arms suspended on the belt such as swords, revolvers, and ammunition pouches. It was only in India that British other ranks were permitted to wear this style of belt because of its association with officers dress only at home.

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On 05/10/2021 at 22:19, Ron Abbott said:

Yes, I agree, he may be wearing something different, although not sure if that is just because of the quality of the photo. 

But star version? I'm not quite sure what badge you are referring to. 

The 1st and 2nd battalions did wear different cap badges but I wouldn't describe either as 'star version' or of a typical regimental star design.

One resembled what today would be described as a sort of 'clan cap badge' and the other was of St Andrew and the cross in a round band surrounded by a wreath with the grenade and flash on the very top. 

Certainly nothing like the HLI star that was subsequently worn by the pipers of the RHF many years later.     

1st Battalion pipers did wear a badge that was star-shaped like that of the HLI/Royal Scots/Scots Guards.   Pete.

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6 minutes ago, CorporalPunishment said:

1st Battalion pipers did wear a badge that was star-shaped like that of the HLI/Royal Scots/Scots Guards.   Pete.

Do you have an example of one?

I would be interested to see one as I have not come across it before.....especially if in a photo of a piper wearing one. 

The ones in the photos posted above by Frogsmile are the ones which are well documented and normally seen in photos from the period.   

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4 minutes ago, Ron Abbott said:

Do you have an example of one?

I would be interested to see one as I have not come across it before.

The ones in the photos posted above by Frogsmile are the ones which are well documented and normally seen in photos from the period.   

Sorry, no I don't. I used to have one in my badge collecting days but that was a long time ago.   Pete.

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1 minute ago, CorporalPunishment said:

Sorry, no I don't. I used to have one in my badge collecting days but that was a long time ago.   Pete.

In fact, I have heard it mentioned elsewhere before as well but I have never actually seen one either on its own nor in a photo on a piper's glengarry.  Do you know what specific period they were worn?  Interesting.  

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Indeed there is such a badge on the following webpage which mentions it being an 1 RSF pipers badge, although the mention of it being worn on the feather bonnet is presumably an error because they didn't wear them.

 

RSF Piper's Badge? 

 

And another -

BRITISH ARMY SCOTTISH REGIMENTS HAT BADGES (18)

 

There are certainly photos of 1 RSF pipers wearing the well known cap badge (as posted by Frogsmile above) both before and during WW1, so I wonder when exactly they wore the star badge.  And what the background was.  

You learn something new every day on this forum!  Thanks/Ron

 

 

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12 minutes ago, Ron Abbott said:

Indeed there is such a badge on the following webpage which mentions it being an 1 RSF pipers badge, although the mention of it being worn on the feather bonnet is presumably an error because they didn't wear them.

 

RSF Piper's Badge? 

 

And another -

BRITISH ARMY SCOTTISH REGIMENTS HAT BADGES (18)

 

There are certainly photos of 1 RSF pipers wearing the well known cap badge (as posted by Frogsmile above) both before and during WW1, so I wonder when exactly they wore the star badge.  And what the background was.  

You learn something new every day on this forum!  Thanks/Ron

 

 

I had the date of wear as 1881-1960 based on John Gaylor's book "Military Badge Collecting" but, like so much else in that book, there is some doubt regarding historical accuracy.     Pete.

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2 hours ago, Ron Abbott said:

Indeed there is such a badge on the following webpage which mentions it being an 1 RSF pipers badge, although the mention of it being worn on the feather bonnet is presumably an error because they didn't wear them.

 

RSF Piper's Badge? 

 

And another -

BRITISH ARMY SCOTTISH REGIMENTS HAT BADGES (18)

 

There are certainly photos of 1 RSF pipers wearing the well known cap badge (as posted by Frogsmile above) both before and during WW1, so I wonder when exactly they wore the star badge.  And what the background was.  

You learn something new every day on this forum!  Thanks/Ron

 

 

Thank you Ron, I’d completely forgotten about that badge, and it might well be the one, as the photo Mike commented on does have the look around the edges of a star shape.  Forum members @Cockjockand @WilliamRevhave special knowledge of the RSF and might be able to comment.  There’s also sometimes confusion between the piper’s baldrick badges worn at various times and the glengarry badges.

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2 hours ago, CorporalPunishment said:

I had the date of wear as 1881-1960 based on John Gaylor's book "Military Badge Collecting" but, like so much else in that book, there is some doubt regarding historical accuracy.     Pete.

Pete, if you have that book....does it also show this badge?  If so so what does it say about it because this is the design of badge that the pipers of the 1st Bn. RSF are normally seen wearing in photos both prior to (say c1900 onwards) and during WW1 -

 

21st Royal Scots Fusiliers Cap Badge White Metal 2 Lugs ANTIQUE Original

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